leisure 05.20.13

The Guest List:
89 Things To Do With Visitors This Summer

It's that time of year when people start showing up in town and asking you what to do. We've given you 89 suggestions (in no particular order) so you can make a good short list for your particular visitors.


1  PigPen Theatre Company performs at Bowery Ballroom on August 2
2  Whales: Giants of the Deep at AMNH
3  For fashionable friends: the Museum at FIT's RetroSpective of over 100 garments from their permanent collection, Schiaparelli to McQueen
4  Hit up some of the city's best trendy clothes boutiques like Spiritual America and Odin
5   Lunch at Eleven Madison Park
6  Miami, Schmiami—we've got 14 miles of beaches
7  The Frick, because it's the Frick (and because it's not going to become a Container Store, as we mischievously wrote on April Fool's Day)
8  Stay dry in the MoMA Rain Room
9  The Met Museum: the Punk show, followed by an outing to the Cloisters, celebrating its 75th birthday
10  ICP
11  Theater: Ann, The Assembled Parties, Matilda, Pippin
12  And Shakespeare in the Park… plus Romeo and Juliet with Orlando Bloom
13  An afternoon on Sheep Meadow
14  Where they'll want to go: Carnegie Deli…where they should go: Barney Greengrass
15  Mini-golf and Maryland blue crabs at Brooklyn Crab
16  Or made in Brooklyn fare at Smorgasburg on Saturdays in Williamsburg and Sundays in DUMBO
17  Or for high-end Brooklyn (three Michelin stars!), the Brooklyn Fare's Chef's Table (book six weeks ahead)
18  Bette Midler doing great work on Broadway in I'll Eat You Last and good work as the founder of the New York Restoration Project which greens up East Harlem on July 7
19  An evening of storytelling from The Moth (through June)
20  Governors Island always has amazingly good programming: art, music, food, shopping, also…views
21  Bring them to MoMA design store for a stylish take-home
22  Cookbook hunting at Kitchen Arts and Letters and Bonnie Slotnick
23  When they've worked up an appetite, set them loose in Eataly
24  Grand Central Terminal: 100 years old
25  Bargemusic: chamber music with a view and a sway
26  June 11: Museum Mile Festival by day, Sinatra in the Park, by night
27  Plenty of baseball: Yankees, Mets, Cyclones, Staten Island Yankees
28  So you think you can dance? Even if you can't, Midsummer Night Swing is the place to make the moves, June 25-July 13
29  Hooray, the Aquarium is back with us (after major Sandy surge water damage), as of May 25
30  Storm a castle or two
31  Summer is a good reason, though any excuse will do to visit Wave Hill
32  Mid-Century Modern mavens should take a tour of Russel Wright's Manitoga in Garrison, NY
33  Modern art on the q.t. at the Fisher Landau
34  Some of the old razzle-dazzle is on the lunch menu during the Broadway in Bryant Park performances in July and August
35  And when the sun goes down, the talent turns up at the Broadway-flavored nightclub 54 Below
36  What's not to love-love about the U.S. Open, August 26-September 9 in Flushing Meadows?
37  Summer Streets happens three Saturdays in August, when seven miles of city streets become playgrounds for adults and kids
38  Learn The Way of Tea at the Urasenke Chanoyu Center
39  Radicals congregate at Carmine Street's Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books
40  Whereas: ice cream lovers (more precisely, goat milk soft-serve lovers) go to Carmine Street's Victory Garden
41  Take a street photography tour with James Maher
42  Snug Harbor, the cultural jewel of Staten Island
43  Cocktails at newly relocated Milk & Honey in the Flatiron district or the LES Experimental Cocktail Club
44  Coffee from Ninth Street Espresso in Chelsea Market followed by a stroll along the High Line
45  Momofuku for dinner, double your order on pork buns
46  Kayaking on the Hudson, so they can say they did
47  Have a Feast with a small group
48  Picky eaters? Hard to imagine anyone not liking the Italian food of L'Apicio
49  Will travel for Thai food? Hie thee to Woodside's SriPraPhai (BYOBeer, and it make it Singha)
50  Sobering reminders:  AIDS in New York: The First Five Years at the New-York Historical Society from June 7 and the poignant Imran Qureshi installation on the Met's Rooftop Garden.
51  Pre-theater…wine, cheese, stuffed peppadews and other irresistible nibbles at Casellula
52  Chill out from the midsummer heat with a concert of neoclassical music from Icelandic wunderkind Olafur Arnalds at Glasslands on July 16
53  Confounding magic at Off Broadway's The Quantum Eye, Saturdays at 5pm
54  Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion gets a 'long-awaited' tribute from the Guggenheim starting July 27
55  Underground movies outdoors is the mission of Rooftop Films
56  While we're on the roof, there's Bivouac NYC, a campsite/art project and you read that right.
57  Jazz at the Blue Note takes a turn for the saxy when the Odean Pope Sax Choir (nine saxophones and a rhythm section) plays shows July 25-28
58  Grilling and Swilling for the Summer is the class offered by the Astor Center on July 17 that celebrates hot weather red wines paired with Heritage meats.
59  Thrill seekers should seek out Coney Island's Luna Park and its newest ride, the barrel-spinning Water Mania
60  Need to get your guests out of your hair for a day? offMetro to the rescue
61  Comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade
62  A cold one at the city's oldest beer garden: Bohemian Hall
63  The Phil in the parks, July 10-16
64  A Night at the Museum sleepover
65  Movie and TV fun at the Museum of the Moving Image
66  Books of Wonder for kids
67  A visit to the 9/11 Memorial
68  Clothes shopping at Century 21
69  Shop for unusual beauty and personal care products at New London
70  A walk along the Brooklyn Promenade and down the new Squibb Bridge to Brooklyn Bridge Park
71  Fountains and sprinklers
72  Long Island Wine Tour
73  London to Brooklyn, the National Theatre filmed, screened at BAM
74  A tour of Green-Wood Cemetery; see also A Beautiful Way to Go, the Museum of the City of NY's exhibit
75  Jon Oliver takes the reins of The Daily Show starting June 10 for the summer while Jon Stewart directs a movie. Tickets
76  A 'classroom' lunch at M. Wells Dinette, followed by P.S.1's post-apocalyptic Expo 1 show
77  Steak at, where else?, Peter Luger
78  Lobster at Red Hook Lobster Pound
79  Film buffs will love the all-documentary programming at Maysles Cinema in Harlem
80  Superheroes and wannabes can stock up at Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
81  Top of the Rock
82  Suzanne Vega at Madison Square Park's Oval Lawn series, June 19
83  NY in the summer is not known for its good scents. But: Le Labo
84  The Neue Galerie + Cafe Sabarsky
85  Visit one of the city's remaining small-box stores
86  Hop the tram to see the new Four Freedoms Park
87  Bowling at the Gutter
88  B & H Photo
89  Send them to the Union Square market and then they can cook dinner for you.


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